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Easy there killers!
Nothing to get that worked up about. We have not opened until December for the last three years, even before JMA bought it. Alpine does not feel the need to waste money on the snowmaking it takes to get a white strip open on Kangaroo. Instead they have decided to try to spend that money on staying open while we have snow on the ground. IF we get snow before the 5th, they said that they will try to open as early as they can
It's smart buisness in these tough times to try to consolidate. We don't really make any money on those first few weeks and the place is a ghost town after easter. If were open during those times, we might as well have a $$$$ bonfire at the bottom of Summit. I think we'll leave that to Boreal.
I will be back at Alpine this year building park. I got the go ahead to build a park on the mountain. Something that has never been seen at Alpine or any mountain for that matter. We will be using the natural rollovers, meadows, sidehills, etc. that lend themselves to building park features. I want to build a park that you can ride a real chair and get cliffs and the best jumps.
I don't know about you, but when I ride Alpine I'm always saying to myself "It would be awesome if there was a jump there". Well, I want to build those features. It's not going to be an all mountian terrain park. It's going to be an awsome mountain with terrain features on it. Not all jammed into one 30 second run and an 8 minute chair ride. More details will be released soon.
I know there is some anger out there, but Alpine is coming back around. When your in a 30 minute line at Squaw at every lift (20,000 early passes sold), you will remember why Alpine is so sweet. It's all about the riding. Don't sweat the minor details.
If you do want to buy a pass, please PM me with your e-mail. The passes I sell will help the park grow and I will have a special deal for those that don't make the early rate cut-off.
Almost all the resorts aim for Thanksgiving as an opening date. Whether or not it actually happens is up to mother nature. Dec. 5th is the next weekend. I'd love to ride earlier too, but it's just not very realistic without massive amounts of snowmaking. Plus, Alpine is not really about the white strip of death. Kangaroo for three weeks gets pretty lame.
They said they will stay open, at least weekends, into May. I know it's not quite as long as we used to stay open, but almost all the tahoe resorts close on the second week of April. That is not a short season, it's average.
If it's a good snow and revenue year, things will be better on all aspects. Everybody has to tighten their belts on lean years. Believe me, other resorts are not doing as well as you think. http://www.saminfo.com/news/article.php?tid=4132
Cutbacks are happening everywhere. Everyone at Vail resorts took pay cuts last year(Scary). http://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/6390/vail-resorts-cuts-employee-wages-from-the-top-down
I try to look at the bright side. New park, everyone bought a Sqauw pass, El Nino. Sounds like a pretty good year to me.